Schools of the future  未来的学校

发布时间:2012-03-12 18:46:00


  By Ben Okri  摘自《英语世界》2011.05期

  In the future, centres of learning will teach at least one thing we do not teach today: the art of self-discovery. There is nothing more fundamental in education. We turn out students from our universities who know how to give answers, but not how to ask questions.


  Our students do not come in contact with the centres of wisdom in our culture. They leave universities with skills for the workplace, but with no knowledge of how to live, or what living is for. They are not taught how to see. They are not taught how to listen. They are not taught the great art of obedience, and how it precedes self-mastery.


  They are not taught the true art of reading. True reading is not just passing our eyes over words on a page, or gathering information, or even understanding what is being read. True reading is a creative act. It means seeing first, and then using the imagination. Higher reading ought to be a new subject. As we read, so we are. I meet people in all walks of life, and most notoriously in the fields of literature and science, who, though professionals, do not actually read what is in front of them. They only read what is already inside them. (I suspect this is happening now, even as you read this page.)


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